About the Project
Progress in the Park is a community development initiative which seeks to empower the residents of Mulgrave Park through entrepreneurial action that inspires inclusiveness and challenges stigma. Mulgrave Park is a very vibrant and diverse public housing neighbourhood in the North End of Halifax home to over 250 families, with a rich history and welcoming spirit.
Though many of the individuals face social and economic barriers, Progress in the Park wants to give residents the opportunity to actively change the image of their community by shining a light on the beauty and potential that exists within. We believe that when aiming for genuine and powerful change in a community facing adversities, each initiative should be inspired by the residents themselves and be as inclusive as possible. To ensure this, we encourage open discussion between the community and us through public meetings, email and social media; individuals are thus able to voice concerns and receive updates on projects and events. As the community has been pressed for resources, accessible services, and isolation within the city for decades, we want to utilize the outside networks and continue forming partnerships with other local organizations to address issues around food security, transportation, education, career and employability, financial management, health and well being, as well as environmental sustainability.
By becoming an ordinary and well-established part of the Mulgrave Park community, Progress in the Park is able to react quickly to bring new ideas and initiatives to life through building team capacity, seeking opportunities, and taking action. We make ourselves accessible in Mulgrave Park daily, interacting with youth through different creative and educational activities, and meeting residents eye-to-eye in community gatherings, individually and during events to ensure they are a part of all decisions made. This helps us identify what needs are not being met, generate project ideas, and execute them effectively.
Along with increasing awareness, fundraising, and putting on community events, Progress in the Park has successfully organized and funded a new community garden in the heart of Mulgrave Park, runs a pilot mentorship program, has raised $55,000 towards a new playground, and is in the preliminary stages of a new waste management initiative. These projects are all part of a bigger vision to turn Mulgrave Park into a neighbourhood in where residents can foster change and lead progress themselves by restoring confidence in their own potential, and pride for their community.